Friday, September 24, 2004

There, and back again

Well, we did the drive to Minneapolis/St. Paul, leaving Wednesday morning. 700 miles, 12 hours. Thursday morning we had the consult with Fairview University Hospital’s Bone Marrow Transplant clinic (more on that later) and toured their [awesome] facilities. Then left about 12 noon to make that drive back. Damn, it was still 700 miles. And 12 hours and 15 minutes. We got back home at 1:15 a.m. on Friday morning.

Only two observations on the trip. One, we stopped at Sam’s, our corner gas station to fill up and check the air in the tires, etc. as we left Wednesday morning. I was checking the tires and Sam was out chatting with someone, so I just gave him a wave and he said, “Oh, there are the Fitch’s.” and walked over with Chris Chelios from the Detroit Red Wings. Hockey, for the un- initiated. Josh and Bonnie got out and we chatted for a few minutes. Commented that Josh has grown quite a bit since he came to see him in the hospital a couple of years ago, he has. Nice guy. Down to earth. And a nice way to begin our journey.

The other observation is Chicago. How can anybody stand to drive in that city? Construction everywhere and traffic to make the LA freeways during rush hour look like a country road in Montana. And nothing is moving. Any type of traffic flow would have taken an aggravating hour off of a long drive. Detroit traffic is horrible, but that was the worst I’ve ever seen.

I slept in until 6:30 a.m., then got up late and came on in to work by about 7:30. Playing catch-up.

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